I traded in my Virginia driver’s license for a Georgia driver’s license yesterday. This was one of the easier things about Virginia to part with, considering that:
- You’re not allowed to smile in the photo;
- It’s in black and white; and
- I was at my peak weight and all-time low – and you could tell from the tiny photo of just my face.
Filling out the driver’s license application today brought back a memory: the old version of me struggling over what to write on that dreaded line that reads “weight.” Out of sheer embarrassment and shame, I scribbled down a number that at least put me in the 100’s range. Lies.
This was in early 2012, right around the time when my weight-loss journey began. I was in a dark place, and things had barely started to get brighter. This was also before I came to learn, understand and believe in the power of making small changes that add up to a big change.
The small changes I made, which felt anything but small at the time, were mainly diet-focused, as I’ve always been pretty physically active. The big change ended up being as big as another person … a 50-pound person.
Last weekend, I started reading a book that an inspiring person in my life recommended: The Compound Effect, written by Darren Hardy, publisher of SUCCESS Magazine. Hardy discusses how this principle applies to achieving success. I’m not a bookworm but find that this book speaks my language:
It’s time to create new behaviors and habits that are oriented away from sabotage and toward success.
From my experience, once you do this in one area of your life, it spills over into others. For instance, my weight loss was the first of many wonderful things to happen to me, and I think this is because it opened me up to receiving and experiencing life’s blessings. I strengthened relationships, made a career change, got engaged, earned a master’s degree, got certified by Les Mills to teach RPM, ran a couple of races, got married, and started a new life.
I challenge you to orient yourself away from sabotage and toward success starting with one area of your life and see how it enhances other areas of your life.
Are you picking up what I’m putting down? If so, you should also pick up this book. I purchased mine from my iPad in the iBooks Store.
When I think of compound effect, I think of Yoplait’s “Swapportunity” campaign, which promotes trading higher-calorie snacks for a 90-calorie Yoplait Light.